As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been more thoughtful with how I take care of my skin. I suffered from persistent acne during my teen years and it was from not having a skincare regime that addressed my skin issues. I currently have combination skin that is prone to breakouts. As an adult, my skin is mostly acne-free due to the incorporation of effective skincare products. There is a noticeable difference when I do neglect my face and stray away from a skincare regime: my skin breaks out with acne, my face gets much oilier than it already is, and my pores are much more visible.
There are so many skincare products available at various price points. In my early 20’s, I purchased skin care products from Clinique, Fresh, Origins, and Philosophy. Except for The Ordinary products, my current skincare routine consists of items that can be purchased at your general store. I’ve found that drugstore products are just as effective as pricier skincare products. Overall, I do change my skincare products when I want to try something new, but I tend to stick to the same products for the long haul.
CLEANSE. I like to use a minimal cleanser so I avoid cleansers with beads, cleansers that are too thick, and those that have a strong smell. I use the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser because it ticks all those marks about what I prefer in a cleanser. One pump is all I need for my entire face. Then I use my Foreo Luna mini 2 to massage the product. I like that the facial cleanser cleanses my skin without making my face feel too dry.
TONE. I have visible pores on my nose and cheeks and sometimes I get little bumps on my forehead. The Pixi Retinol Tonic helps with skin tone and keep pores tight. Overall, retinol is good for keeping acne at bay in addition to reducing lines. I use two soaked cotton balls – one for each side of the face.
SERUM. The only serum I apply in the morning is The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% HA. It’s a serum that helps with hyperpigmentation. I place one drop on the palm of my hand, rub it between my fingers, and pat the product on my face. (I love using The Ordinary products; you can catch my review on some of my fave products from the line here).
SUNSCREEN. I use whatever I have that’s convenient. I am currently using this one from the Korean brand Laneige.
MOISTURIZE. Recently, I read multiple reviews on the Nivea Moisturizing Creme and decided to give it a try. $10 for the enormous amount of cream that comes in the jar is insane. I take a small dollop and rub it between my fingers then pat the product on my face. It’s the last thing in my skincare regime because it’s the thickest and helps seal in all the other products.
CLEANSE. Same as daytime routine.
TONE. Same as daytime routine.
EXFOLIATE. I’ve been using The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution for a year and a half now and I love it! It contains glycolic and salicylic acid to help exfoliate the skin. You will notice a glow/brightness to your face immediately after you rinse it off. I use this once or twice a week.
Once a month I dermaplane. Dermaplaning is a physical exfoliation where you use a razor to shave the skin’s surface to remove dead skin and peach fuzz. I have both the Shiseido and Tinkle facial razors, but I prefer the Shiseido razors (please do not use a dull blade). After dermaplaning, your skin will feel smooth and your foundation will go on smoother. You have to be very careful when dermaplaning or else you’ll over-exfoliate and break out more if you’re someone that’s prone to acne.
TONE. Same as daytime routine.
SERUMS. At night I use three serums (less if I’m tired after a long day). For the serums, I like to layer using the thinnest formula to the thickest. I wait until one layer is dry before putting on the next. The first serum I lather on my skin is The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution. For the second serum, I alternate between the Lactic Acid and the Granactive Retinold 2% Emulsion. Lastly, I apply the Hyaluronic Acid 2% to add moisture back into my skin.
MOISTURIZE. Same as daytime routine.